The best way to get to know a country is by meeting locals. Also, they know the best places to have dinner. I’d like to fill you in on the secret (not so secret anymore) locations. Take notes guys 😉
Bar do Mineiro
On our first day in Rio de Janeiro we had dinner in a restaurant called Bar do Mineiro in the Santa Teresa neighborhood. Heading up the steep brick streets with high walls covered in street work was like entering another world. Small villas in pastel colors and plants on each side of the street we drove up and up until we reached the restaurant or tapas bar rather. Only a few tables have been put into the small space. Plates and pans covering most of the surface. People squeezed through to get to the bar, most of them standing on the sidewalk or the street because there wasn’t enough room inside. Everyone seemed fine though. Not a single person complaint that there was no seating available. Even when someone dropped a beer and it splashed all over someone’s feet they just ordered another one and moved on. People in Rio are relaxed.
We went with the flow and got our tapas served on the streets.
Recommended: try the Feijoada and Pastel de Feijao!
This restaurant sits right on top of a moutain in Santa Teresa and the view is breath-taking. The ways are steep by car and even by feet when you climb down the stairs to the actual restaurant. Nevertheless, it is most certainly worth it. The restaurant itself is build with wood and you basically sit on a terasse overlooking the neighborhood. Even when using the restrooms you can fully enjoy the view. What other perks does a restaurant need? Uh, almost forgot: the dinner was amazing too! It’s bit on the pricey side, but the sea food is delish! And did I mention the stunning view already?
Unfortunately, my hard drive is broken and I can’t recover the photos, which is why I can’t show you all the amazing brazilian food. Backing up those files next time, won’t we? Anyhow, here are some typical brazilian dishes you should not miss out on:
- Feijoada: a black bean stew
- Coxinha: a chicken croquette shaped like a chicken thigh.
- Pastéis: pastries with a wide variety of fillings.
- Pão de queijo: cheesey bread balls
- Moqueca: a fish stew
- Açaí: typical brazilian fruit, great for smoothie bowls.
Are you hungry yet?